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Judge Michael Pastor ruled that Murray would not receive probation, after the doctor's lawyers requested the more lenient sentence. "There is no question that the death of his patient, Mr. Jackson, was unintentional and an enormous tragedy for everyone affected," they wrote in their sentencing memo. The prosecutors, meanwhile, countered that Murray undertook a "dangerous, unprecedented pharmaceutical experiment" on Jackson.
Based on the provision in California's prison realignment act, which aims to combat overcrowding, Murray's four-year sentence is to be served in the Los Angeles County Jail instead of a prison. He will also have to pay the court for certain fees and will be forced to pay restitution to the Jackson family. The prosecution requested he pay $100 million, but the judge said the actul amount will be determined at a later date.
"The Bible reminds us that men cannot do justice, they can only seek justice," the Jackson family said in a statement at the sentencing. "That is all we can ask as a family, and that is all we ask for here." They added, "We are not here to seek revenge. There is nothing you can do today that will bring Michael back."